Rangers have today been linked with Romania’s Darius Olaru, in a tenuous transfer story which appears to rely on Ianis Hagi being Romanian rather than any real desire for Michael Beale to sign another midfielder.
The 24-year-old, with 9 caps for his country, currently plies his trade at SC Fotbal Club FC Steaua București (or FCSB to you and I) and with a market value of around £5M wouldn’t be cheap, but we can’t help thinking that this one is like the Alexi Pitu story – no real foundation just a link based on an existing player.
Rangers have been linked with a tonne of Belgium-based players, one of which was Hagi, and now the tabloids appear to be using that signing as a pathway to more stories using Rangers’ name.
There are claims we’re going to watch him, sending our scouts and all that, and in fairness the scouts’ jobs are pretty much to find players globally and keep them on the list as future targets if they impress.
Maybe Olaru falls into that category, but as things stand Rangers are rather stocked up on central midfield – John Lundstram, Glen Kamara, Ryan Jack and new signing Nicolas Raskin, with the slim chance Steven Davis will return in the future, and not overlooking Scotty Arfield who might not be quite finished just yet.
Olaru? We’re sure he’s a decent player, just a bit strange he’s never played outside Romania, which isn’t the worst league on earth but isn’t the best one to have spent his entire career at.
£5M? If Rangers were to make a move we’d want him for peanuts, he’s just not worth big cash despite the market value, and as things stand we don’t really need him at all.
It does seem like an agent story, one trying to get his client a move this summer, maybe hitting a bigger league than Romania and using Rangers as a tool for attention.
It’s not the first time for that, and sure won’t be the last. But time will tell if this is a Raskin, or another Tom Davies. We’ll see.